A Catered Affair
Grandstreet Theatre announces open auditions for “A Catered Affair” a new musical.
Music and lyrics by John Bucchino Book by Harvey Fierstein
A one-act musical based on the 1956 Ernest Borgnine/Bette Davis/Debbie Reynolds film
**The composer will be attending the January 26th performance and participate in our Talk-Back Thursdays series!**
Sunday, November 20, 2011
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monday, November 21, 2011
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
GRANDSTREET THEATRE STUDIO
328 Fuller Avenue Downtown across from Valley Bank
6 WOMEN ages 20 – 60
4 MEN ages 20 – 60
WHAT DO I PREPARE?
A brief contemporary song you love to sing.
(Song should be conversational and/or tell a story. 1-2 minutes in length – bring sheet music)
January 20 – 22, 26 – 29, February 2 – 5
Rehearsals run November 28 – January 19
(We will take a break for holidays based on the schedules of those who are cast).
For more info, please check our website
or e-mail [email protected]
￼Seeking the following roles:
￼AGGIE HURLEY: 40s – 60s, mother of the bride
TOM HURLEY: 40s – 60s, father of the bride
JANEY HURLEY: 20s – 30s, the bride
RALPH HALLORAN: 20s – 30s, the groom
WINSTON: 40s – 60s, the flamboyant uncle of the bride
MR. HALLORAN: 40s – 60s, groom’s father, wealthy
MRS. HALLORAN: 40s – 60s, groom’s mother, wealthy
MYRA: 30s – 50s, neighbor
DELORES: 30s – 50s, neighbor
ALICE: 20s – 30s, Janey’s best friend
In the Bronx in 1953, young lovers Jane Hurley and Ralph Halloran decide to get married. Meanwhile Jane’s father, Tom, who owns a third-share in a taxi, agrees with one of his partners, Sam, that they will buy out the share of the third driver, Pasternak. Jane and Ralph, along with Tom and Sam, happily exclaim the virtues of partnership. Timing is inauspicious, since the bride’s brother has just been killed in the Korean War. The couple does not want a large, expensive wedding, and Tom needs the money to buy out Pasternak. As Jane’s mother Aggie announces that the upcoming wedding will be held quickly and quietly in City Hall, the neighborhood women react. Dinner with Ralph’s wealthier family leads Aggie to decide to give the couple a huge formal affair, committing her and Tom’s life’s savings and bereavement check to an elaborate wedding with an extensive guest list and a lavish catered reception. Aggie feels guilty about having neglected Jane and sees an opportunity to plan the white wedding that she herself never had. The bride’s gay Uncle Winston, initially hurt and furious at having been left off the original guest list, becomes a support for Aggie.
Jane is initially beguiled by the attention, and happily picks out a wedding dress. But soon relationships are strained to the breaking point under the pressure of costly bridesmaids’ dresses, cake layers and each detail. Aggie confesses to Jane that she and Tom were married because she was pregnant, and because her father bought Tom his share in the taxi. Finally Jane and Ralph decide to call off the elaborate wedding and party and marry quietly as they had planned. The quiet and unemotional Tom finally expresses his love and caring for Aggie, and Tom and Aggie come closer together. As they get ready for the small wedding ceremony, Aggie secretly makes arrangements for Tom to buy his share of the taxi, which arrives in time for him to drive her to their daughter’s wedding. Uncle Winston has the last word:
“You paid your money, took the ride, but missed the view.”